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Title

Germination dream


Artist

SAKOHATA Kazuo

Japan

1955 -


About

Sakohata wants to plant seeds of dreams in his heart, so that flowers will blossom and he can pursue his dreams forever.

Colour and light play a crucial role in Sakohata's work. In this print the light pulsates from a hidden source, the origin of life. The phenomena of growth and energy are captured in the expanding petals of what would appear to be a lotus, the most revered of blossoms, symbolic of the purity of the Buddhist doctrine. The iconic structure, mystical light and colours, and geometric forms create a visionary abstract reality that induces an expansion of consciousness. The image is an updated version of a yantra, the tantric diagram of prescribed shapes that are used as aids for concentration to elicit spiritual awareness.

Tantric art and its symbolism was a source of inspiration for many Western Abstract Expressionists, for example Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Klee. Symbolic tantric forms include the square (symbol of order) and the oval (symbol of the cosmic egg). In its composition and mystical space this image undeniably has the resonance of a tantric style schematic diagram of the universe.

Sakohata was born in Hiroshima and now lives in Osaka where he had studied at the Osaka University of Fine Arts.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 85.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

screenprint


Edition

A.P.


Dimensions

85.0 x 85.0 cm image; 100.0 x 96.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "(illeg.)". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

455.1993


Artist information

SAKOHATA Kazuo

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 82 (colour illus.), 85. cat. no. 50